A look at our favorite events taking place this week
THURSDAY, JAN. 28
Gallery Walk and Talk: 'Samurai: The Way of the Warrior'
11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Take a guided tour of the John and Mable Ringling Museum's current exhibition, 'Samurai: The Way of the Warrior,' which explores the fascinating lives and art of samurai warriors.
5 to 8 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 7070 N. Tamiami Trail
SARTQ, the newly reformed 15-member artist collective hosts its first all-print exhibition, featuring 24” x 30” works, created using traditional and non-traditional print-making methods. Runs through March 5.
Art Glass Weekend Kickoff
5:30 p.m. at Alfstad & Contemporary, 1419 5th Street, Suite A
This weekend-long celebration of fine glass art, presented by the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, runs through Jan. 31 and kicks off with an opening reception at Alfstad & Contemporary for glass artist Michael Taylor. The event continues with collectors home tours, an auction, tours and talks at the Ringling College of Art and Design, exhibitions at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Longboat Key Center for the Arts, as well as a pop-up gallery and St. Petersburg bus tour. Full schedule and pricing online.
7:30 p.m. at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20, 1993 Main St.
The stars of goofball comedy align in this evening of spoof hilarity. Rifftrax Live, the brains behind Mystery Science Theater 3000, takes on the cult-classic and one of the cheesiest movies of all time, "The Room."
8 p.m. at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
This play, written by Nora and Delia Ephron, and based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, is a series of monologues with a rotating cast of five women, who explore women's relationships, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman's life. Runs through Feb. 7.
FRIDAY, JAN. 29
8 p.m. at Mr. Beery's, 2645 Mall Drive
Celebrate six years of business at what's become a Gulf Gate institution. For its anniversary party, Mr. Beery's will pull out a selection of special beers for the occasion.
9 p.m. at Growler's Pub, 2831 N. Tamiami Trail
Spend your Friday night rockin' out to this all-local rock ’n’ roll bill, featuring ’60s surf rockers, The Wallies, Southern garage rock trio, Hail Dale and Quint and His Orca.
7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Robert Kelly is known for his honest, abrasive and vulnerable style. He recently debuted an hour-long special on Comedy Central, and has been featured on shows including "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," "Maron" and "Louie," as well as movies including "Trainwreck." Runs through Jan. 31.
SATURDAY, JAN. 30
9:30 a.m. at the Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 S. East Ave.
$95, or $60 for a half-day seminar
Forks & Corks University offers a chance to taste and learn about rare wines during seminars led by a panel of recognized winemakers from around the world.
St. Armands Winter Art Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park
More than 175 artists and craftsmen display original artwork, including pottery, oils, watercolors, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture.
7 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
As part of its Verdi Cycle, closing this year, the Sarasota Opera performs this tale of a heartbreaking love triangle for the first time. Runs through March 19.
9 p.m. at McCabe's Irish Pub, 302 12th St. West, Bradenton
Independent Jones presents a night of Americana music, featuring Southern folk-rock six-piece, The Dram, and
Michael Snayd, joined for the first time by Scott Anderson.
SUNDAY, JAN. 31
Noon to 4 p.m. at the Ringling Museum courtyard, 5401 Bay Shore Road
The ultimate event for Sarasota foodies and wine-lovers, The Grand Tasting features food from more than 50 of the area's top restaurants and wine from 80 international wineries, as well as craft beers. Stroll the grounds, bid on the silent auction and sample to your heart's content, then purchase your favorite wines afterward.
2 p.m. at World of Beer, Sarasota, 8217 Tourist Center Dr.
Enjoy live music by Stevie Ray Vaughan cover band, Double Your Trouble, beer from Oskar Blues and a roasted pig. Event will feature contests for the best barbecue sauce and best side dish.
7 p.m. at WSLR 96.5 Community Radio, 525 Kumquat Court
$15, or $20 at the door
Referred to as an Irish music super group, RUNA has pushed the boundaries of the genre since its formation in 2008. The internationally acclaimed group combines Irish and Scottish melodies with bluegrass, flamenco, blues and jazz influences.
10 p.m. at Beach Club, Siesta Key, 5151 Ocean Blvd.
Jam out every Sunday in January to local reggae bands, such as The Hobies, SoFlow, Jah Movement and Summer Survivors.
Entry earns one raffle ticket for a chance to win a Cali-Florida skateboard at midnight.
MONDAY, FEB. 1
7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$35 to $105
The ballet’s spring session opens with a Balanchine classic and resident choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s original work created for Jacob’s Pillow last year. “Emeralds” by George Balanchine is the influential ballet director’s ode to France. With a score by Gabriel Fauré and designs by Barbara Karinska, Balanchine said that “Emeralds” was, “an evocation of France – the France of elegance, comfort, dress and perfume.” Runs Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.
TUESDAY, FEB. 2
8 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way
$22 to $36
Set in Chicago in 1927, this play follows blues legend, Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, as she squares off against a battling quartet of musicians and a tight-fisted white producer. The play, written by August Wilson, explores the 20th century African American experience. Runs through Feb. 20.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3
8 p.m. at the Gompertz Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
$36 to $42
This gritty comedy, set in rural Ireland, follows two misfit neighbors, who must overcome their fears amongst families troubles, a land feud and family rivalries. Runs through March 27.